This Week in Albany

Week ending November 22, 2019

2020 Census

The 24th United States Census will occur in 2020. Postcards with instructions on how to fill out the Census will begin arriving in March, and every household should receive a postcard by April 1. The 2020 Census will be the first time that forms can be filled out online, in addition to mail-in and phone options.

The Census is so important because it is used to determine how much federal funding a state receives for certain programs as well as a state’s representation in Congress.

Over the next several months, CSEA will be conducting an education campaign on the importance of participating in the Census and how important an accurate count is to the lives and work lives of CSEA members.

Legislative Update

CSEA successfully advocated for Governor Cuomo to sign the following priority bills into law:

  • A.1093B – Paulin / S.5285A – Brooks
    This legislation authorizes local governments to offer employees who are combat veterans with additional leave time for health services relating to their military service. State employees previously received this benefit in April 2019. Local governments must adopt a resolution or local law in order for an employee to be eligible for this benefit. This law will go into effect in 120 days. Thank you to all CSEA members who made phone calls to the Governor’s office about this bill.
  • S.5705 – Mayer / A.7538A – Benedetto
    This legislation ensures that school bus drivers and monitors are included in district-wide and building-level school safety teams. This law went into effect immediately.

Long Time Assemblymember Announces Retirement

State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (D-Kenmore) has announced that he will not run for re-election next year. Schimminger was first elected to the Assembly in 1976 and has chaired the Assembly’s Economic Development committee for two decades.

Federal Update

Congress avoided a government shutdown this week by passing a short-term extension of federal funding through December 20. Congress now has a month to develop a longer-term spending agreement.